10 tips to be courteous to your co-workers

Building good working relationships is extremely important for a healthy workplace. If you can get along with others in the office, you can get along with yourself as well and you are able to engage people in a courteous manner that respects their individual traits. At the end of the day, you create the grounds for a positive employee interaction that can boost employee morale and drive organizational performance.

Here are 10 tips on how to be courteous to your co-workers:

1.Say good morning

Exchanging a daily greeting is a must to build successful working relationships. Although every workplace has its own organizational culture, finance is a competitive field and it requires a delicate behavior. Saying good morning by looking people in the eye while passing from their cubicles or the hall shows that you acknowledge them, therefore making them feel important. At the same time, you present a sociable and friendly face.

2. Say thank you

When a coworker offers assistance with a project, make sure to acknowledge their contribution to the successful completion of the task. Saying thank you shows respect and gratitude and what you earn in return is the great feeling of having encouraged a coworker to put their best effort in helping you. There are more ways to thank someone than actually saying it. For instance, you can write a great LinkedIn recommendation for the person who offered their assistance, thereby publicly acknowledging what they did for you and helping them to boost their LinkedIn presence. Expressing gratitude can never go wrong.

3. Show mutual respect

Showing mutual respect at the workplace indicates that you truly value your colleagues and that they value you back. In fact, it is more than being respectful because with your attitude and behavior you instill mutual respect in order to create a productive, non-toxic working environment. Listen carefully to what your coworkers have to say, get in their shoes and when your turn comes to provide an answer, try to use an open approach with positive affirmations. Combative language is not recommended when you try to earn mutual respect. In addition, be genuine when showing respect in order to create a cycle of positive relationships at the workplace.

4.Volunteer

Going the extra mile at the office can never fail you. Especially in the competitive and demanding finance field, where everybody is smashed with tasks and hyper to meet the next big deadline, people will cheer for you if you fill the copy paper tray or make a fresh pot of coffee. Volunteering for the best of the community is always appreciated.

5.Be a good cubicle neighbor

Working close to somebody else requires respecting other people’s privacy. Most of the times, cubicles are placed really close to each other, which means that you should be extra careful with certain things. For example, avoid bringing smelly food like hard boiled eggs and tuna sandwiches in your cubicle, or avoid eating at your workstation in general. Take advantage of a break, unwind, go outside, call a friend and return to your tasks refreshed and reinforced. Avoid placing phone calls on the speaker or listening to favorite music without headphones. Take your personal calls outside or in an empty conference room and try to limit distractions within your cubicle’s walls.

6.Promote effective communication

Good relationships are built on effective communication. The same goes for working relationships, which can be built via phone, email or at the workplace. No matter what the nature of the relationship is, you have to make sure that you communicate clearly and effectively in a manner that not only the exchanged information is understood, but also the emotions behind the information are clearly conveyed. Articulate your points, choose your words carefully and say exactly what you have in mind to avoid confusion. At the same time, be an active listener and try to understand what the other person means and what are their emotions. This is how productive working relationships ae formed and maintained.

7.Clean up your mess

When you have lunch in the office kitchen, make sure to wash your dishes and put them away. Don’t leave your dirty stuff in the sink for other employees to find. If you have a bite at your desk, make sure to wipe the crumbs. It’s not nice for your workstation to look like a bird’s nest.

8. Avoid strong perfumes/colognes

A recent study found that 31% of the global population is irritated by the scented products that other people wear, whereas 19% of the global population experiences negative health effects from air fresheners. So, before you bathe in cologne, make sure to consider that you are going to a working environment where people don’t have to put up with strong perfumes and scent irritants.

9.Be birthday conscious

It’s nice to be the person that remembers everybody else’s birthday at the office. And perhaps, it’s even nicer to have your coworkers remembering your special day. Put it on your daily tasks to keep track of office birthdays so that no office birthday goes unnoticed.

10 Make each moment count

In a dull office environment, it makes a great difference to celebrate each day as if there is a special occasion to do it. Be impulsive and act in a natural way to create small events that can be remembered for a long time. Have the department meeting at the park instead of the conference room, unless you have to talk about the fiscal year results that require concentration and accuracy. Get your coworkers and have lunch at the new restaurant down the corner. Liven up your lunch breaks and spice up your workdays. Take effective breaks. According to an experiment performed by The Muse, 10% of employees with the highest productivity ranking took nearly 17-minute breaks for every 52 minutes of work, during which they were hyper-focused.